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EPR’s Coronation Street redevelopment steps forward

Manchester City Council has backed EPR Architects’ vision for the redevelopment of ITV’s Coronation Street studios

Plans to sell off ITV’s 5.6 ha city centre site will now go to public consultation. Coronation Street has been filmed at the location since 1968 however the broadcaster’s relocation plans mean the site is now earmarked for redevelopment.

EPR with Jones Lang LaSalle, transport consultant Waterman Boreham, Gardiner & Theobald and Buro Happold worked on the Drivers Jonas Deloitte-led vision.

ITV property director Peter Copley said: ‘ITV is strengthening its commitment to the region through its investment at MediaCityUK but is also keen to leave a strong legacy in Manchester city centre.

‘There’s an opportunity at Quay Street for a best-in-class regeneration project that extends already successful parts of the city centre and draws on the rich history and character of the site.  We’re all excited about seeing these plans become a reality.’

Drivers Jonas Deloitte director John Cooper added: ‘The site has a prime city centre location between the established Castlefield district and one of the UK’s largest and most successful regeneration schemes in Spinningfields.

‘It offers an exciting opportunity to open up new physical and functional connections between adjoining city centre districts, which coupled with the delivery of new public spaces and a vibrant mix of uses will create attractive new pedestrian and leisure routes across this party of the city.

‘The development framework has been designed to be sufficiently flexible to be able to respond to opportunities in the market, which will help ensure the early delivery of a new, mixed use city centre neighbourhood.’

Manchester City Council leader Richard Leese said: ‘This is an exiting opportunity to build on the existing success of Manchester city centre, which is continuing to attract substantial development despite the challenging financial climate, and in particular nearby Spinningfields. Subject to consultation, the Council’s endorsement of the masterplan provides a firm foundation for investors to look at variety of mixed-used development options.’

A marketing campaign for the site launched this week.

Read the City Council report here.

Readers' comments (3)

  • does a site that historic have to be saddled with such mediocrity?

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  • The blandification of Manchester is seemingly unstoppable Charlie. Whilst there is 'exciting opportunity' for 'mixed use' to be had Manchester will surely take it.
    I fail to see how this scheme "draws on the rich history and character of the site" if i'm honest but its early days i suppose!

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  • I agree, it's a stunning and historically significant site, the true birthplace of the industrial revolution.

    Not that's of particular interest to anyone other than me but my first project as a newly qualified architect was the creation of the "New York Street" which was the centre piece of Granada Studios Tour and the cafe, burger bars and shops in the arches below........happy days. Not really a positive contribution either to such an important site but fun .........and it's gone, this proposal looks like it will stick around much longer.

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